El Aaiun – Occupied Western Sahara (April 27, 2019)
The occupied city of El Aaiun’s prosecutor’s office run by the Moroccan administration of the occupying power, ordered Zine Abidin Salek – also known as Bounaaje – to be held in one of darkest prisons in Western Sahara, the so-called Black Prison in the formerly Spanish Sahara’s capital, after he had been accused of possessing drugs.
The order of imprisonment was declared after his detention, on Thursday last week, when he was taking part in a peaceful gathering called for by the Coordination of Sahrawi Human Rights Associations, demonstrating for their main objective which is the Sahrawi people’s right to achieve self-determination.
Zine Abidin was accused of illegally possessing drugs, an accusation that had already been made up in the case of another Sahrawi activist, Ali Salem Buyemaa , known as Saadouni, with this seemingly becoming the usual procedure used by Moroccan police to neutralize political claims of Sahrawi social activism.
This coming Monday, April 29th, is the date set now for Zine Abidin to appear before a judge again.